Treasurer of the United States Presents Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine Quarter at Defenders’ Day Weekend Celebration
President, take it from someone whose family fled your country over 30 years ago because of religious and ethnic persecution. My parents and I arrived in the United States with $90 in our pockets, speaking not a word of English and stripped of any nations citizenship. And yet we came here because the United States is exceptional in the opportunities it has provided to generations of those who arrived at its ports with nothing but the clothes on their backs and the drive to succeed as Americans. My family came here from Russia because generations of our family had been killed, abused and disenfranchised simply because of our religious identity We came here because life in the Soviet Union, which you served so faithfully as a KGB colonel, was incompatible with basic human dignity. We came here because generations of our family had been killed, abused and disenfranchised simply because of our religious identity. To us, what was exceptional was that a world power would provide a new life for us without asking about our ethnicity, whether we were members of the right political party or whether we associated with those who spoke out against the government. That the United States asked us none of these things is what makes it exceptional and what made the former Soviet Union, which you served so proudly, unexceptional in its generations-long oppressive nature. There is not, coincidentally, a mass movement of any oppressed ethnic or religious minority to flee the United States, to Russia or anywhere else. That is what makes this nation exceptional and what makes the recent history of yours troublesome. You, the Butcher of Grozny, wrote in the New York Times Thursday that, we must stop using the language of force and return to the path of civilized diplomatic and political settlement. That point is well taken, but it is delivered by a man who is responsible for the deaths of thousands of Chechens, who provoked an ethnic war in Georgia and who decried the collapse of the Soviet Union as the greatest geopolitical catastrophe of the 20th century. That catastrophe, of course, put an end to a regime that was responsible for slaughtering tens of millions of its own people and for invading neighboring countries without the United Nations approval you so arduously defend today. You, as the architect of the Soviet Unions successor, continue to persecute political opponents, dissenting journalists and many others.
United States’ air attacks on Pakistan
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News Done 16 hours ago BALTIMORE, Sept. 13, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Treasurer of the United States Rosie Rios presented the Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine quarter today during the kickoff of Star-Spangled Banner Defenders’ Day Weekend, the city’s oldest holiday celebrating its successful defense against British attack and the writing of “The Star-Spangled Banner” in 1814. The coin’s reverse (tails side) depicts the national site during the Defenders’ Day celebration and fireworks, which symbolize the “rocket’s red glare,” linking the fort to its historic past. “The defense of Fort McHenry was the watershed event in the War of 1812,” Treasurer Rios said, “and this new quarter captures the significance of that victory and connects all Americans who use it to Fort McHenry and its honored place in American history.” Joining Treasurer Rios for the coin’s presentation were U.S. Senator Ben Cardin; U.S. Representatives C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger and John Sarbanes; Baltimore City Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake; site Superintendent Tina Cappetta; and United States Mint Deputy Director Richard A. Peterson. Park ranger James C. Bailey served as master of ceremonies. The event culminated in a coin exchange where members of the crowd traded their currency for newly minted quarters. The Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine quarter is the 19th coin released in the United States Mint America the Beautiful Quarters Program, a multi-year initiative authorized by Public Law 110-456 (America’s Beautiful National Parks Quarter Dollar Coin Act of 2008). The United States Mint is offering several product options featuring the quarters at its online catalog at http://www.usmint.gov/catalog . These products may also be ordered by calling 1-800-USA-MINT (872-6468). Hearing- and speech-impaired customers with TTY equipment may order by calling 1-888-321-MINT (6468). During the Battle of Baltimore, from September 13 to 14, 1814, the valiant defense of the star-shaped Fort McHenry against the might of the British navy inspired Francis Scott Key to write “The Star-Spangled Banner.” The “Star-Spangled Banner” still flies over Fort McHenry 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The fort was used continuously in a variety of ways through WW II. It is most famous as the birthplace of our National Anthem, and many special activities are planned at the fort from now through 2014 to commemorate the Bicentennial of the War of 1812. The United States Mint was created by Congress in 1792 and became part of the Department of the Treasury in 1873. It is the Nation’s sole manufacturer of legal tender coinage and is responsible for producing circulating coinage for the Nation to conduct its trade and commerce. The United States Mint also produces numismatic products, including proof, uncirculated, and commemorative coins; Congressional Gold Medals; and silver and gold bullion coins. The United States Mint’s numismatic programs are self-sustaining and operate at no cost to the taxpayer. ADDITIONAL RESOURCES: Digital images of the Fort McHenry National Park and Historic Shrine quarter are available at http://www.usmint.gov/pressroom/?action=photo#AmericaTheBeautiful . Information about Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine is available at http://www.nps.gov/fomc/index.htm . Follow Fort McHenry National Park and Historic Shrine on Facebook and Twitter . Information about the United States Mint is available at http://www.usmint.gov/about_the_mint/ . To subscribe to United States Mint electronic product notifications, news releases and public statements, visit http://www.usmint.gov/email/?action=EmailUpdates . Sign up for RSS Feeds from the United States Mint and follow us on Facebook , Twitter and Pinterest . For Information Contact United States Mint: Carolyn Fields (202) 354-7222 (Office) National Site: Gayle V. Economos GVE Media/Public Relations, LLC
In order to save itself the embarrassment, the Pakistan government initially claimed that the action taken from the air was carried out by Pakistan and that no foreign aircraft were involved. Because of the precision attacks carried out by night from the air – a capability which the Pakistan Army or the Air Force did not possess, it was later admitted that these attacks were by the United States and the public has been told that a protest was lodged with the United States government. The Pakistan government has also clarified that the attacks had been confined to the tribal areas of the NWFP. This explanation suggests that the Pakistan government does not regard the tribal areas as much a part of the country as the rest of Pakistan. This is a dangerous thinking and one that can have grave international repercussions for Pakistan. We will be fooling ourselves if we believe that when their vital security interests are involved, the United States will draw a distinction between the “settled” and the “tribal” areas of Pakistan. If the militants who have been using our tribal areas as a base for their operations against the US and their allies, begin to feel safer in the settled districts of the NWFP or Balochistan, they are likely to move to the settled districts where the law and order situation is now not very different from that in the tribal areas of Pakistan. It will be more difficult for them to operate from the settled districts in many ways but they are likely – in spite of the difficulties – sooner or later start operating from there. Judging from the ineffectiveness of our administration in districts like Swat and even Peshawar, this appears possible. Should they begin to do so, it is not likely to deter the United States from carrying out raids against these targets in the settled districts of Pakistan. The speeches of the US presidential candidates taking part in the forthcoming election, have made this abundantly clear. With drones attacking targets inside Pakistan, if the United States considers this vital to their security, we will enter a new phase of our relations with the US. This is likely to create greater instability in the country than we have experienced so far. Judging from the United States approach towards this problem, one can conclude that any United States government of the future, whether Republican or Democrat, would do everything which in their opinion will help to safeguard the United States from attacks from any quarter abroad.